Rossi Quickest Off The Mark In Japan

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If Valentino Rossi’s shoulder is still bothering him, he didn’t show it during the first free practice session. Rossi set the pace with a 1’48.174 time that he set on his final lap. Rossi would finish more than two tenths ahead of second place rider, Andrea Dovizioso.Rossi topping the time sheets is great news for fans of the legendary Italian, who have been waiting for Rossi to get back on top, but the big news today came just five minutes into the session when Dani Pedrosa crashed, and cracked his collarbone.

Pedrosa will miss Sunday’s race, and it is likely that he will miss at least one more.

With Pedrosa off the track, Dovizioso was the sole rider for the Respol Honda team. Dovizioso led the session up until the final moments when he was passed up by Rossi.

Behind Dovizioso came season leader Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo has a substantial lead in the MotoGP series, and now with Pedrosa out, could be looking at an easy five races to claim the title.

Casey Stoner and Ben Spies completed the top five.

Pedrosa Fractures Collarbone – Will Miss Sunday’s Race

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motogp_lorenzo_crash The only person who had a chance to challenge Jorge Lorenzo for the 2010 MotoGP championship, has broken his collarbone. Dani Pedrosa, who has won two of his last three races and was determined to finish the season strong, fractured his left collarbone during the opening free practice session at the JapanGP.

Pedrosa only made it around the track twice during the opening session, before he fell of his RC212V and suffered a triple-segment fracture to his left clavical.

Pedrosa was taken to see Michele Machiagodena, the MotoGP Medical Director. Machiagodena does not know how long Pedrosa will be out, but he will miss the race at Motegi for sure.

“When he crashed he suffered a multiple fracture of the left collarbone, and that requires an operation to have the best chance of returning to racing as soon as possible,” explained Macchiagodena. “But not for this race, of course.”

The MotoGP has races on the following two weekends, so Pedrosa doesn’t have much time to rest or recover.

Macchiagodena says that Pedrosa’s recovery depends on many things, but he is hopeful that he will be back in time for Australia in two weeks.

2010 World Supersport Preview: Magny Cours

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wss_sofuoglu_assenWith just one round left in the World Supersport series, Kenan Sofuoglu and Eugene Laverty will arrive in France with championship titles on the brain. Sofuoglu, though, has the obvious advantage.

Sofuoglu holds 16 points over Laverty going into the final round, making it a must win situation for the Irishman. Laverty does have more race wins than Sofuoglu, so in the event of a tie, (which would occur if Laverty scores third and Sofuoglu gets no score,) Laverty would walk away with the championship.

“I want to win even if I don’t win the championship,” Laverty said. “I have won more races than anyone else this year and Kenan knows that, which is why he wanted to beat me in Imola. I want to win the last race and I’m sure Kenan wants to do the same.”

The two had a dramatic finish at the previous race at Imola. Both riders went down on the final chicane, but were able to restart quickly to score valuable points.

Joan Lascorz, who was in the title fight with Laverty and Sofuoglu, has missed the last few rounds due to injury. Lascorz will still be able to claim third place on the podium, as Chaz Davies will not be able to reach him this weekend.

Check out the World Superbike Preview here.

2010 Moto2 Preview: Motegi

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moto2_motegiStarting this weekend in Japan, the Moto2 series kicks it into high gear. In just 6 weeks, the Moto2 riders will have 5 races to finish up their 2010 season.

Toni Elias is the current season leader, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be giving up that title anytime soon. Elias had a rare slip-up at Aragon, finishing off the podium for the first time in 5 races, but he still maintains a 76 point lead over Julian Simon.

“We go to a circuit I love and I would be delighted to win the race for Moriwaki at their home grand prix,” Elias said. “We know it won’t be easy because Moto2 is a very unpredictable class and we have to hope that we get the luck where we need it to be amongst the frontrunners again.”

Simon has a long way to go if he wants to catch up with Elias before the end of the season, but in the meantime, he is in a dogfight for second place with Andrea Iannone. The two are separated by just four points heading into the Moto2 race at Motegi.

“It is very positive that we are going into the flyaway races lying second in the championship,” Simon said. “Little by little we are picking up experience and getting a better feel for the bike.”

Thomas Luthi and Simone Corsi are also sure to be entangled in the battle for second within the next 5 races.

The Motegi event will also feature a special presentation for Shoya Tomizawa, the Moto2 rider who died during a crash a few weeks ago. Tomizawa’s family will receive the Michel Metraux award, an award that is voted on by the Moto2 riders.

Check out the MotoGP preview here.